Bruce Zimmermann – 63 OVR
Orioles pitcher Bruce Zimmermann put together a memorable Spring Training prior to the beginning of the 2021 regular season that was likely the driving factor in the decision to add him to the Major League roster for Opening Day. His 63 overall rating ties him with Jorge Lopez and the Orioles’ 18th-ranked prospect, Kevin Smith, among starting pitchers in Baltimore’s system.
Although he hasn’t had much time in the Major Leagues to prove himself, Zimmermann has used the time he has gotten to exhibit decent command and one of the best changeups in baseball early on this season. His control rating of 48 should be on the rise in future roster updates.
In his 17.0 innings of work this season, Zimmermann has allowed 8 runs on 17 hits and 5 walks. While the results aren’t quite what he and the ballclub are hoping for, Zimmermann has posted a chase rate in the 88th percentile of Major League Baseball to this point in the season, flashing hope of what could be to come for the Maryland-native.
Trey Mancini – 76 OVR
Without much doubt, first baseman Trey Mancini is the best player on the Baltimore Orioles’ roster and is a leader for this team. However, ratings in MLB The Show 21 tell a different story. By overall, Mancini ranks in a tie with Austin Hays for the second-highest score on the roster, trailing Anthony Santander for the top spot.
Mancini missed the entire 2020 season due to a diagnosis of colon cancer prior to the beginning of the season. Since then, Mancini has recovered and has returned close to the All-Star caliber level he put on display in 2019. So far this season, Mancini leads the Orioles in home runs, having swatted 4 in his first 70 plate appearances in 2021.
The most glaring error in Mancini’s ratings is a 50 rating on plate vision. Although Mancini ranks within the top 50 worst chase rates in baseball so far this season, he does a good job of spoiling away pitches he reaches outside of the strike zone for, ranking within the top 100 hitters for contact outside of the zone.